Help to Identify Outlet Power Failures
After a power outage some of the power outlets in my home quit working, what should I check? How to Identify Home Power Outage and Electrical Circuit Failures.
Identify Home Power Outage and Outlet Failures
Electrical Repair Question: After a power outage some of the power outlets in my home quit working, what should I check?
- After a power outage some of the power outlets in my mobile home quit working.
- I checked the outlets and had 120 volts on both sides of each plug but nothing would work when plugged into them.
- I checked other outlets that were working and had 120 volts on only one side of the plug.
- This has happened before but then it started working on its own.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question JB.
Background: JB, a Homeowner from Gautier, MS.
How to Identify Home Power Outage and Outlet Failures
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with hand tools and electrical troubleshooting skills.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring or inspections. Electrical troubleshooting is best performed by a qualified electrical contractor.
- With a situation such as this there could be a problem with the incoming power from the utility company.
- The electrical service should be checked by a qualified electrician.
- Look for tripped circuit breakers.
- Look for tripped GFCI circuit devices and GFI Receptacles.
- Further testing may be required to identify the problem which is best provided by a qualified electrical contractor.
- A plug in Circuit Analyzer may be used to test wall outlets and will give a visual indication of the condition of the electrical circuit.
- Contact your electrical utility company and have then check the primary side of the electrical service.
The Following will assist you with your electrical question:
Understanding Electrical Testers
- When working on home electrical wiring using voltage testers can play an important part in electrical safety.
- Electrical testers enable you to identify electrical circuits and help prevent the possibility of accidental electrical shock.
For more information about Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting Electrical Wiring
- Licensed Electrician Reveals the Secrets of Successful Electrical Troubleshooting
- Methods used to solve the majority of the home electrical problems and wiring failures encountered
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wiring!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester, [amazon.com], I use for the detection of Standard Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
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